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James ZellersArtist Affiliate: FlutePrincipal Flute, Atlanta Opera Orchestra


James Zellers holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University and a D.M.A. from the Juilliard School. His teachers have been Judith Thomas, Mark Thomas, and Carol Wincenc.

His performances have taken him to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Festival d’Evian, France, the Spoleto Festival in both Charleston, S.C. and Italy, and the 1988 Seoul, Korea and 1996 Atlanta Olympics Festival of Arts and Culture.

Former touring artist for the North Carolina Council for the Arts, soloist with the Bach Area Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, Dr. Zellers is currently Principal Flute with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, The Columbus GA Symphony, and Piccolo with the Florida West Coast Symphony, Sarasota. He has also performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera and has performed and recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

He was Acting Principal Flute with the Florida Orchestra, Tampa for the 1999-2000 season, and has held positions with the orchestras of Augusta GA and Greenville SC as well as faculty positions at the University of Georgia, Augusta State and Georgia State Universities. He is currently an Artist Affiliate for Emory University School of Music, a position he has held since February 2006.

In addition to his flute activities, Dr. Zellers is an accomplished organist and arranger of choral and instrumental chamber music. He is also the proud owner/handler/trainer of three prize-winning Australian Shepherds; competing regularly in Confirmation, Agility and Competitive Obedience.